Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies confirmed at the Spanish Grand Prix that the Scuderia’s focus is now very much on development for the 2022 sporting regulations.
The Maranello based team have made a strong start to the 2021 season and appear to be in the fight with McLaren for the best of the rest spot in the constructors’ championship.
However, with the introduction of the new cost cap and the emphasis Ferrari have placed on getting the new generation of cars right, they have decided to bring limited upgrades throughout the rest of this season.
Ferrari have not won a world title since 2008 and endured a particularly difficult 2020 season after coming to a confidential engine agreement with the FIA which saw them down on power.
While the early signs of improvement in 2021 have been promising, Mekies revealed that the switch in focus is almost complete already.
“We are focused on 2022,” said Mekies. “Part of the field is tight and we may need a few hundredths or a few tenths to switch from sixth to third, but it will not change our strategy.
“We’ve switched the large majority of our resources to it already. It doesn’t mean some details won’t change on the car from now onwards. But the focus is on next year. For us it’s a clear decision.”
Asked to clarify how far into the process of switching their attention to 2022 Ferrari were, Mekies added: “We are pretty much already in full switch.
“If you want to put a number to it, if you want to call it 90% or 95%, whatever you want to call it, it’s pretty much where we are.”